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Pro-Morsi sit-in continues through the night in Cairo

Thousands of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi continued to gather in protest camps in Cairo overnight, despite threats to forcibly remove them.

On Sunday, a senior security source told Reuters troops will be deployed around the sit-ins by dawn "as a start of procedures that will eventually lead to a dispersal".

Morsi supporters stay put despite threats of removal

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi continue to gather in Cairo despite threats of removal.

Egyptian police are expected to start taking action early today, according to security and government sources.

Protesters chant slogans at Rabaa Adawiya Square in the Nasr city area of Cairo Credit: Reuters

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Egypt set to act against pro-Morsi protesters

Egyptian police are expected to start taking action early on Monday against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi who are gathered in protest camps in Cairo, security and government sources said.

Muslim Brotherhood supporters have held sit-protests since Mohamed Morsi was ousted Credit: REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Any move against the camps, which are the main flashpoints in the confrontation between the army and Morsi supporters, could trigger more bloodshed.

Al-Qaeda chief 'accuses US of plotting to oust Morsi'

Eqypt-born Ayman al-Zawahiri merged the Egyptian Islamic Jihad with al Qaeda in the 1990s. Credit: Reuters

The head of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri has reportedly issued an audio message in which he accuses the United States of plotting the overthrow of Egypt's first Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

CNN reported the 14-minute message, the apparent first to address Mr Morsi's ousting last month, was posted to Jihadist forums yesterday.

Al-Zawahiri is quoted as saying: "The crusaders, the seculars, the Americanised army, (former President Hosni) Mubarak's thugs and some members of Islamic parties with the support of Gulf money and American plotting, all agreed to topple Mohamed Morsi's government."

Hague urges Egypt to release former president Morsi

Foreign Secretary William Hague says Egypt's political parties need to communicate with each other. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Foreign Secretary William Hague has made a direct appeal to the Egyptian authorities to release ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

In a phone call with Egyptian vice president for foreign affairs, Mr Hague stressed the need for dialogue and reconciliation between all political parties including Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

The Foreign Secretary also condemned the excessive use of force by security services as well as attacks against them.

Mr Hague said: "We want to see a peaceful resolution that will bring an urgent end to the current bloodshed. In my view, this should involve a process of dialogue and reconciliation between all political parties in Egypt, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

"I also called for the release of all political detainees, including President Morsi, unless there are criminal charges to be made against them, and emphasised that it is vital that any charges are not politically motivated."

Baroness Ashton: Ousted Egyptian president is 'well'

Baroness Ashton at a news conference yesterday Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The European Union's foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton has said deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi was "well" and had access to television and newspapers when she visited him.

She spoke to journalists after meeting Mr Mursi at an undisclosed location last night.

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EU foreign policy chief holds talks with Morsi

European Union foreign policy chief Cathy Ashton has met ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and held two hours of "in depth" discussions with him, her spokeswoman, Maja Kocijancic, said.

Pro-Morsi supporters march towards army HQ

Supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi marched towards security headquarters in Cairo on Monday night, raising fears of new clashes as the EU's foreign policy chief met local officials, according to the Agence France Presse agency.

Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi walk during an anti-army rally that started from a sit-in. Credit: Reuters/Asmaa Waguih

The marches came despite a warning from the National Defence Council late Sunday that it would take "decisive and firm action" against demonstrators if they went beyond their right to peaceful protest.

Pro-Morsi supporters chant slogans in a main street during an anti-army rally. Credit: Reuters/Asmaa Waguih

Seven killed in Egypt clashes

Seven people were killed and 261 wounded in Cairo when supporters of Mohamed Morsi clashed with the deposed president's opponents and security forces overnight, the head of Egypt's emergency services said.

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi throw stones towards riot police during clashes. Credit: Reuters

Mohamed Sultan told Reuters two people had been killed at a bridge in central Cairo and five more in the capital's Giza district.

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